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Child Support, Welfare Dependency, and Poverty

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  • Robins, Philip K

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Female-headed families have among the highest poverty rates of any major demographic group in the United States. The purpose of this paperis to investigate empirically the effectiveness of current child-support enforcement policies and to determine their role in reducing poverty and welfare dependency. A special supplement to the April 1982 Current Population Survey provides the data for the analysis. The results indicate that child support enforce-ment may represent an effective means for re-ducing welfare program costs but isunlikely to have a dramatic effect on either welfare de-pendency or poverty. Copyright 1986 by American Economic Association.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 76 (1986)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
Pages: 768-88

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:76:y:1986:i:4:p:768-88

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  1. Jason L. Saving, 2000. "The effect of welfare reform and technological change on unemployment," Economic and Financial Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Q2, pages 26-34.
  2. Cox, Donald & Jakubson, George, 1995. "The connection between public transfers and private interfamily transfers," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 57(1), pages 129-167, May.
  3. Shao-Hsun Keng & Steven B. Garasky & Helen H. Jensen, 2000. "Welfare Dependence, Recidivism, and the Future for Recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)," Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) Publications 00-wp242, Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) at Iowa State University.
  4. Roff, Jennifer & Lugo-Gil, Julieta, 2012. "A model of child support and the underground economy," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(5), pages 668-681.
  5. C. Huang & I. Garfinkel & J. Waldfogel, . "Child Support and Welfare Caseloads," Institute for Research on Poverty Discussion Papers 1218-00, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty.
  6. R. L. Hanson & J. T. Hartman, . "Do welfare magnets attract?," Institute for Research on Poverty Discussion Papers 1028-94, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty.
  7. Edin, Kathryn, 1995. "Single mothers and child support: The possibilities and limits of child support policy," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 17(1-2), pages 203-230.
  8. H. Peters & Laura Argys & Eleanor Maccoby & Robert Mnookin, 1993. "Enforcing divorce settlements: Evidence from child support compliance and award modifications," Demography, Springer, vol. 30(4), pages 719-735, November.
  9. Maureen A. Pirog & Kathleen M. Ziol-Guest, 2006. "Child support enforcement: Programs and policies, impacts and questions," Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 25(4), pages 943-990.
  10. G. Sandefur & T. Wells, . "Trends in AFDC Participation Rates: The Implications for Welfare Reform," Institute for Research on Poverty Discussion Papers 1116-96, University of Wisconsin Institute for Research on Poverty.
  11. Thomas J. Nechyba, 1999. "Social Approval, Values, and AFDC: A Re-Examination of the Illegitimacy Debate," NBER Working Papers 7240, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  12. Paul, Gillian & Walker, Ian & Zhu, Yu, 1999. "Child Support Reform : Some Analysis of the 1999 White Paper," The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) 539, University of Warwick, Department of Economics.
  13. Ermisch, John F. & Wright, Robert E., 1995. "Lone parenthood and employment: male-female differences in Great Britain," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 2(3), pages 299-317, September.
  14. Daniel Meyer, 1993. "Child support and welfare dynamics: Evidence from Wisconsin," Demography, Springer, vol. 30(1), pages 45-62, February.

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